UT Water Task Force

Frank Calzonetti, Task Force Chair

Frank Calzonetti, Task Force Chair
Vice President Research
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

frank.calzonetti@utoledo.edu

Dr. Calzonetti’s research has been on facility location analysis, resources and energy facilities, and regional economic development.

April Ames, PhD, MSOH, CIH

April Ames
Assistant Professor
School of Populations Health

april.ames@utoledo.edu

Dr. Ames expertise is in exposure and risk assessment in public health.

 

April Ames

Defne Apul
Associate Professor
Department of Civil Engineering

defne.apul@utoledo.edu

Dr. Apul’s research is on modeling the environmental sustainability and resiliency of the water infrastructure using life cycle assessment and life cycle costing tools. She has calculated the energy, greenhouse gas emissions and cost implications for the operations of Collins water treatment and Bayview  wastewater treatment plants.

 Richard Becker Richard Becker 

Associate Professor
Department of Environmental Sciences   

richard.becker@utoledo.edu 

Dr. Becker’s research relating to water issues focuses on water resource availability, including water resources in arid climates, watershed modeling, UAV, airborne and satellite hyperspectral and radar imaging, particularly in monitoring HABs, and water quality remote sensing.

Thomas Bridgeman

Thomas Bridgeman
Associate Professor
Department of Environmental Sciences

thomas.bridgeman@utoledo.edu

Bridgeman's laboratory has specific expertise in the monitoring and biology of harmful algal blooms in western Lake Erie. General expertise in lake physics, chemistry, and ecology. Member of first Ohio Phosphorus Task Force addressing the connection between watershed phosphorus loading and algal blooms. Some microcystin toxin testing experience. 

Kevin Czajkowski

Kevin Czajkowski
Professor
Department of Geography and Planning

kevin.czajkowski@utoledo.edu

Dr. Czajkowski research interests are diverse and all revolve around geospatial technologies. Dr. Czajkowksi  uses GIS and remote sensing technologies to assess sources of non-point source pollution in the Maumee River Watershed and Lake Erie through the Maumee River GIS and the Lake Erie Center. His laboratory develops land cover classifications using remote sensing linking that to wetlands in the watershed.

Daryl Dwyer

Daryl Dwyer
Director, Stranahan Arboretum & Associate Professor
Department of Environmental Sciences

daryl.dwyer@utoledo.edu

Dr. Dwyer focuses on bio-restoration and remediation to protect water resources.  Projects include (1) construction of a bioswale at the site of the former jeep plant to restore the Ottawa River and treat runoff from I75; (2) a bioberm at the former Columbia Gas Site near the Erie St Market to prevent contaminants from entering Swan Creek; and (3) a restored riparian corridor and wetland at Maumee Bay State Park to decrease phosphorus and bacterial input to Lake Erie.

Kevin Egan

Kevin Egan
Associate Professor
Department of Economics

kevin.egan@utoledo.edu

Egan is an environmental economist specializing in valuing public goods like improved water quality with specific expertise in benefit-cost analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis to estimate the net benefits to citizens from any considered policy options to improve water quality.

Tim Fisher

Tim Fisher
Chair & Professor
Environmental Sciences

timothy.fisher@utoledo.edu

Fisher is a geologist specializing in geomorphology, glacial and quaternary geology and quaternary history of the Great Lakes.

Hans Gottgens

Hans Gottgens
Associate Chair & Professor
Department of Environmental Sciences

johan.gottgens@utoledo.edu

Gottgens has broad interests in environmental sciences and land use with specific interests in agricultural soil and water conservation.  His background is in wetlands ecology and management.

Cyndee Gruden Cyndee Gruden 

Associate Professor
Department of Civil Engineering 
      

cyndee.gruden@utoledo.edu       

Dr. Gruden is an expert on storm water management, water quality, and water sensors and is particularly interested in the urban water cycle.

Steven Haller Steven Haller 

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
   

steven.haller@utoledo.edu         

Dr. Haller is an expert on kidney function and hypertension as well as on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and relationships between microcystin and hepatotoxicity.

Jason Huntley

Jason Huntley
Primary Director, BSL3 Laboratory & Associate Professor
Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology

jason.huntley@utoledo.edu

Dr. Huntley’s lab is broadly interested in identifying and understanding the roles of bacterial virulence factors in human disease.  Although the Lake Erie microcystin toxin (MC-LR) problem presents unique challenges, the Huntley lab is isolating and selecting for naturally-occurring Lake bacteria that degrade MC-LR, characterizing the enzymatic pathways that degrade MC-LR, and developing new MC-LR removal technologies such as biofilters.

Dragan Isailovic

Dragan Isailovic
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

dragan.isailovic@utoledo.edu

Isailovic’s lab is developing liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) methodologies to identify and quantify algal toxins in water. Our state-of-the-art LC-MS system enables separation, structural analysis, and quantification of microcystins by LC-tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS). The methodologies developed will be used for quantification of toxins in water, to test purification of water containing low amounts of microcystins, and to analyze toxins and their byproducts in biological samples.  

David Kennedy David Kennedy 

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine   
  

david.kennedy@utoledo.edu        

The Kennedy laboratory studies adaptive and maladaptive counter-regulatory mechanisms involved in organ damage and fibrosis resulting from various toxic insults (such as those associated with harmful algal blooms) in at-risk patient populations with heart, kidney or liver disease. The lab is also focused on identifying novel molecular targets which can be used for diagnostic, therapeutic and preventative strategies to improve outcomes in these vulnerable patient populations.

Ken Kilbert

Ken Kilbert
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Professor
College of Law

kenneth.kilbert@utoledo.edu

Kilbert focuses his teaching and scholarship in the environmental law field, organizes the annual Great Lakes Water Conference, and his recent publications include “Legal Tools for Reducing Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie.” 

Patrick Lawrence

Patrick Lawrence
Associate Dean (Social Sciences) & Professor
College of Arts and Letters

patrick.lawrence@utoledo.edu

Lawrence's research focuses on watershed planning.

Bruce Levison

Bruce Levison
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics

bruce.levison@utoledo.edu

Dr. Levison is a chromatography and liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) expert currently working in The University of Toledo's Pediatric Pharmacology Research Center. He research is on the analysis of cyclic peptide antibiotics under GLP guidelines. Experienced with the development and use of high throughput analyses for low level analytes like microtoxins in a regulated environment, he is a peptide chemist experienced at chemical modification of amino acid residues and elucidation of their degradation pathways in vitro and invivo and has ongoing projects examining antibiotic toxicology and pharmacology in human clinical trials.

 
Glenn Lipscomb Glenn Lipscomb  

Department Chair & Professor
Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering   

glenn.lipscomb@utoledo.edu 

Dr. Lipscomb is an expert in membranes and their performance.  He is particularly interested in membranes for water filtration and reverse osmosis systems.

Christine Mayer Christine Mayer  

Professor
Department of Environmental Sciences

christine.mayer@utoledo.edu

Dr. Mayer is a resident faculty member at the Lake Erie Research Center. Her areas of expertise include aquatic ecology, organism-habitat modification and introduced species.

Bill Messer

Bill Messer
Professor
Department of Pharmacology

william.messer@utoledo.edu

Development of new treatments for neurological disorders

Saatvika Raj

Saatvika Rai
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science and Public Administration 

saatvika.rai@utoledo.edu

Dr. Rai's primary area of expertise is environmental politics where she examines different institutional responses to environmental problems and its effect on vulnerable communities. Currently she focuses on climate change adaptation and mitigation policies in the United States and around the world.

Neil Reid

Neil Reid
Director, Jack Ford Urban Affairs Center & Professor
Department of Geography & Planning

neil.reid@utoledo.edu

Reid's research focuses on industrial change and regional economic development with recent research and industrial cluster growth and change.

ruch Randall Ruch  

Associate Professor
Department of Biochemistry & Cancer Biology     

randall.ruch@utoledo.edu        

Dr. Ruch’s research has provided a better understanding of gap junctional intercellular communication, how gap junctions become defective in cancer cells and carcinogen-treated cells, how gap junctions and their protein components are regulated, and how gap junctions affect anti-cancer drug toxicity.  He has also conducted research on mayflies and is involved in research on liver toxicity as it relates to microsystins.

Youngwoo Seo

Youngwoo Seo
Associate Professor
Department of Civil Engineering

youngwoo.seo@utoledo.edu

Seo's research focuses on biological and chemical contaminant removal in water treatment & distribution systems as well as developing environmental sensors. Currently working on three different water projects studying micropollutant removal and detection supported by the national science foundation and the US EPA.    I also serve the City of Toledo water treatment plant (capacity improvement) as a proposal reviewer/ technical expert and as a consultant for the City of Monroe MI water treatment plant. 

 Brenda Snyder

Brenda Snyder
Instructor
Department of Environmental Sciences

Snyder graduated with bachelor's of science degrees in biology and chemistry from the University of Toledo in 1997. Since then, she has had 15 years of experience working as a Chemist/Operator at Toledo Water, serving in her last 6 years there as head chemist. Snyder has been a member of the OAWWA Technology Committee for 3 years and the Research Committee for 7 years. She holds a Class III Water Operator License in the state of Ohio.

Andrew Solocha, PhD

Andrew Solocha
Associate Professor
Department of Finance

andrew.solocha@utoledo.edu

Andrew Solocha is an Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Toledo and former chairman. He has been on the faculty since 1989 and has served as Director of the North American Business Research Center and was the university's representative to the Canada-Ohio Trade Institute. Professor Solocha has authored numerous articles on international financial linkages, international trade issues, and determinants of foreign direct investment. His articles have appeared in such journals as the Quarterly Journal of Business and EconomicsManagement International ReviewInternational Trade Journal, and Journal of International Markets, Institutions, and Money. His recent research has focused on energy finance and sustainable business practices.

Brian Trease  

Brian Trease
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering

brian.trease@utoledo.edu

 

Michael Valigosky

Michael Valigosky
Environmental Health & Safety Administrator & Assistant Professor
School of Population Health

michael.valigosky@utoledo.edu

Valigosky has worked for 23 years in Public, Occupational and Environmental Health in Healthcare and Industry.

Sridar Viamajala

Sridar Viamajala
Associate Professor
Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

sridhar.viamajala@utoledo.edu

Algae produced biofuels and Lignocellulose-derived biofuels 

Last Updated: 7/14/17